Release Date: May 6, 2008
Record label: Bloodshot
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Alternative
In photography, the golden hour is when the sunlight is at the perfect angle to capture beautiful images; in the medical world, it's the window of time where a life can still be saved after severe injuries. Both meanings could apply to The Golden Hour, Firewater's first album of original material in four years: it's a musical travelogue of the three years Tod A. spent in India, Turkey, Pakistan, and Indonesia (which he also chronicled in the blog Postcards from the Edge of the World) after his divorce and the reelection of President George W.
In 2005, after his marriage collapsed and Jetset Records shit the bed, Firewater braintrust Tod Ashley began a journey through “the places my country was bombing,” taking along his laptop. Along the way, he recorded songs with groups of local musicians, which often became chaotic improv sessions because of the language barriers involved. He became ill and had to forsake much of his ambitious itinerary, but he brought back tracks recorded in India, Pakistan, Turkey and Israel.